New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.


Today’s Reflection

The path of compassion invites us to remember that our belovedness is as secure as the air we breathe. It is the ground on which we have our being. … Remembering, reconnecting with, and rooting ourselves deeply in the loving essence of the universe reminds us of the truth of our sacred belovedness. We deepen our connection with this compassionate presence in various ways—prayer, meditation, solitude, retreat, worship, ritual, fellowship, and community. Many reconnect with this sacred presence by remembering and savoring the sacred moments that have graced them throughout the course of their lives.

—Frank Rogers Jr., Practicing Compassion (Upper Room Books, 2015)

Today’s Question

What helps you remember your sacred belovedness? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
—Ephesians 3:18-19 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Lord, open my eyes so that I may see who around me needs compassion.
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Something More

If you’re interested in exploring the topic of practicing compassion further, join us on September 29-30, 2023 for RESILIENCE, a virtual event designed to equip us to live compassionately in the midst of conflict. Early bird registration ends on August 1, 2023. Learn more at UpperRoom.org/resilience.

Lectionary Readings

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  • Julie Posted June 30, 2023 9:12 am

    Therapy…I need to overcome a lifetime of trauma and abuse before I can feel beloved by anyone, even God.

  • Ally Posted June 30, 2023 11:32 am

    Got that message that I was commenting too fast. I was not. When I went back, my comment was gone. UR should work out these tech issues. Blessings to all.

  • Jill Posted June 30, 2023 12:44 pm

    People around me and noticing simple blessings help me remember my belovedness. When I am at a low point, I try to take the positive look on things to re-route my thinking. For example – yesterday I had to be seated for 3 straight hours for training to become a hospice volunteer. It became incredibly uncomfortable – and when I finally left – I just sobbed in the car. My reality is that I must do the surgery – to try to be able to fix this. I forced myself to take time to be grateful for being able to play tennis this summer. It can be both…deep discouragement that these past 10+ months of trying to medically resolve this has not taken, and gratitude that in the midst – I have still been able to be active. I wept, perhaps, for both. And again this morning, I found myself crying, in discouragement. I went to PT and told my massage therapist of my decision. She said this is not a failure, in any way, on your part. You have been doing each step the doctor recommended. I then went off to have my root canal. Dreading it, but grateful to get it in before the holiday weekend. I am able to see both. The root canal was successful, the tooth was able to be saved. However, my crown was not put back on and I have to take it to my dentist to see if it is usable and he will re-attach it, or he will have a new one made. I am swollen and numb – but the relief from the pain is blissful.
    I will just be laying low for the remainder of the day. I have pain killers to take every 4 hours and a steroid waiting for me at the pharmacy, should I need it. I believe she also prescribed me Tylenol with codeine should I not be able to sleep tonight.
    Time to do a bit of napping, reading and binge watching shows. I am quite hungry, but way too numb to try to eat. I have decided to fix some pasta and meatballs – should be soft enough to gently eat on one side of my mouth.
    Ally – things are so much right now for you. Prayers of gratitude for your job and people from your church to assist you, as well as pleas for endurance for you and improvement for David. Julie – praying for daily perseverance for you, that you will rely on God – His strength and provision for each day, each encounter.

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